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Joined: Oct 08, 2004 Posts: 1574 Location: On Mojacar Playa, Almeria
Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:26 pm Post subject: Launch of New UK - Spain Ferry Service
Launch of New UK - Spain Ferry Service
Poole's newest ferry company has announced plans to extend its links just a month after starting a service to Spain.
LD Lines began a twice weekly service to Santander on the Norman Asturias, the largest ferry to enter the port, transporting both freight and tourists.
Delighted with the success of the Poole service so far, which started on November 3, the company is now linking it with the Northern Spanish port of Gijón.
For the first time Gijón will provide a passenger ferry link with Poole and Rosslare, as part of a two ship operation combining the Norman Asturias and sister ship Scintu. However from January it will cut one of its twice weekly Santander trips, replacing it with the Gijón service.
Christophe Santonie, chief executive officer of LD Lines said: “We are very pleased with the early response to the new Poole – Santander service and added to our existing France – Spain route the new links between Gijón and Poole and Rosslare – France – Spain will provide the tourist passenger market with even greater choice.”
The new service from Poole to Gijón will start on January 5 next year with a crossing time of 25 hours. Fares will start from £399 for a car and two passengers, including a cabin.
Departing on Tuesdays at mid-day, the service will return from Gijón on Fridays. The service to Santander will leave Poole on Saturdays and Santander on Sundays.Tumbit. _________________ http://www.beachcombermojacar.com
Why don't they go to Cadiz southern Spain , double the fare, that should be a winner with a little cruse [2 days] thrown in as well, easy drive to Malaga;Almeria, for the same cost for staying a month [hiring a car and flight] and if staying longer cheaper
Joined: Apr 24, 2008 Posts: 234 Location: Ninfield and Puerto Marina
Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:18 pm Post subject:
pottsy: That is a brilliant suggestion, only trouble is that Spain seems to be on a self destruct course at the moment with any opportunity to p*ss off non Spaniards being the order of the day, even more so if it's the English.
They've practically no industry that's running at a profit, so any way of bringing money in to the country should be the highest priority, they have a wonderful climate, so that's what they should capitalise on, plenty of opportunity for service industries to cater for tourists, but no, stamp on every aspect.
For too many years they've carried out expensive projects financed by EU money, not content with motorways running the length and breadth of the country, they have a High Speed train network, then they have toll roads running alongside the motorways - and wonder why they lose money! Two new massive airports, but no flights. Huge housing complexes, no one living there... Brilliant at spending other peoples money, but no idea how to CREATE wealth themselves. Conquistador mentality without South America's pot of gold!
If Spain tried to shoot itself in the head, the bullet would hit the foot!
Perhaps someone will take up the idea of a UK ferry route into Gibraltar, still combining a two day cruise with easy access to Southern Spain. Then they'd mount a blockade at the border every time the ferry docked!
Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:17 pm Post subject: poole
I return on the ferry to Poole in December, great service, the staff were a shock so helpful and frieand friendly, bit of a pain getting out of Pool home, compared to Portsmouth and Plymouth, but probably made me feel worse the fact it was pitch black and pouring down, would reccomend it. _________________ No te cases con alguien con quien puedas vivir — cásate con la persona sin la cual no puedas vivir.
We looked at the LD service, but the problem is it docks at 7.pm in Spain. This leaves us with a difficult decision 1) pay for over-night accommodation or 2) bite the bullet and drive overnight to Almeria. Too stingy for the former and too old for the latter!
We will consider them for the return to the UK in April.
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